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Spayed dogs
arkielady3 posted:
I just have a question for someone..When you spay a female dog,do they get kinda like hot flashes,like women do ? At times,my female seems to pant alot..Thank you..
Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
What an interesting question. Obviously we can not ask the dog what it is experiencing. We know that hot flashes in women are hard to document by physiological methods - no increase in body temperature, no increase in heart rate, etc. - just the sensation of being hot and sweating.

The dog is unique in a couple of ways. First, dogs don't sweat except on the bottoms of their feet, so panting might be the only way we could detect a change in their perception of being hot. Female hormones cycle about every 6 months instead of monthly, so there is a large amount of time when they would not usually be under the major influence of hormones. The third unique feature for dogs is that the surgery usually occurs before puberty so the female has never been under the influence of hormones and therefore would not experience any changes if never allowed to be under hormone influences.

Because of those things it is not likely that most female dogs would experience the equivalent of hot flashes. We don't know about the experience of an older female that looses her ovaries nor about one that has the ovaries removed while actually in heat or immediately following pregnancy.

Panting can be related to so many things that I would be very reluctant to say it was due to the equivalent of a hot flash. That would be difficult to prove. I don't say it couldn't happen, but the proof would be difficult.

Interesting question, thanks.
arkielady3 replied to Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS's response:
Thank you for answering..I was just wondering,because she was spayed while on her first cycle..I guess thats what you call it..And her panting hard was during the winter months and it was cold..We rescued her as a pup.about 6 mths. old..


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